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Who is the man behind Brewtown Tours

As you might expect for the owner of a business providing beer tours, Mark Stredwick has been drinking the brown stuff ever since his early years in Great Ayton, Teesside. The introduction largely consisted of his Dad’s homebrew, a nod to his future enthusiasm for small-batch, a real ale brewed in microbreweries by passionate men…

Inspired by continental cafe-bars, meet North Brewing Co

Inspired by continental cafe-bars and dismayed by the lack of options available on the Leeds bar scene at the time, directors John Gyngell and Christian Townsley set out to revive the city’s flagging nightlife by opening a friendly drinking spot with a focus on never-before-seen imported beers and excellent service. How did the two of…

What is a ‘Wapentake’? ask Ainsty Ales!

Inspired by the old “York & Ainsty District Wapentake”…  Andy Herrington from Ainsty Ales   Based in Acaster Malbis just south of York, Ainsty Ales is a world apart from your mental picture of a microbrewery. Far from being a soulless industrial space, the brewery is based on a farm in themiddle of picturesque, rolling…

Beer and Gin Festivals in July 2017

What’s on in July – Yorkshire beer and gin festivals in July 2017 30th June – 2 July Leeds Gin Festival Central Manchester CAMRA Beer Festival Suddabys Summer Festival Malton Tyneside Sausage and Cider Festival, North Shields MonkeyFest, Huddersfield Thorganby Beer Festival, North Yorkshire   7th-9th July Wynyard Hall Gin Festival, County Durham Chorlton Beer & Cider Festival, CAMRA…

Treason, Chocolat… it’s The Hop Studio

You founded The Hop Studio in 2012 – what inspired you to become a brewer? As a professional bureaucrat for nearly 20 years, I thought it was time to make a meaningful and beneficial contribution to society. Although I’d claim that I was one of the good guys who got things done it was clear…

BEERTOWN 2017: An Insider’s View

Today, we’re welcoming Bad Seed Brewery’s Chris Waplington to the Brewtown blog to talk to us about the BEERTOWN festival, running from May 18th – 20th in the Yorkshire food capital of Malton. “The dates are set and the countdown has begun to BEERTOWN 2017. This is the fourth year we have run BEERTOWN together with Brass Castle…

Yorkshire distillery gets into the spirit of things with production of the county’s first single malt whisky

As the birthplace of parkin, Betty’s tea rooms and the eponymous pudding, Yorkshire has long been recognized as a true foodie’s delight. The local drinks industry isn’t far behind either, with microbreweries aplenty and even a few gin makers now scattered across the county, But whisky – isn’t that best left to the Scots? Fledgling Yorkshire…

At the bar with… Lee Grabham, Brew York

Brew York is a relatively new addition to the Yorkshire beer scene, which makes the brewery’s stratospheric ascent to popularity even more impressive. Owned and run by two-man team Wayne Smith and Lee Grabham, what started as the shared pipe-dream of two homebrewing enthusiasts became a reality when the pair decided to take the plunge….

The Yorkshire Hearty Festival returns for 2017

The stage is set, the bouncy castle is booked, and the casks are ready – it’s nearly time to pack your tent for Yorkshire Heart Brewery’s annual shindig: the Yorkshire Hearty Festival. Now in its third year, the Yorkshire Hearty Festival returns for 2017 on Friday 28th & Saturday 29th April, providing a great family day out to make the…

This Easter weekend Leeds will host HopCity beer festival! And there’s no Easter Bunny in sight…

From 13th to 15th April, celebrated Leeds brewery (and Brewtown tour partner) Northern Monk Brew Co. will welcome some of the greatest and most cutting-edge breweries to join them on the bar for a celebration of all things hoppy. HopCity, running in association with Leeds Beer Week and Little Leeds Beer House, is a new beer festival which champions hops,…

On The Brewtown Bus with Ouse Boozer

This article was written by Melissa Reed, joint editor of Ouse Boozer, and was first published in Ouse Boozer Issue 131. Brewtown Brewery Tours We joined a group of six on a tour of three breweries near York lead by Mark Stredwick, setting off from the York Tap at lunchtime. Our group included Steve…

At the bar with… Jackie Rogers, Half Moon Brewery

Half Moon Brewery, based just outside York in the picturesque village of Ellerton, is no ordinary brewhouse. For starters, with a capacity of five barrels, it’s truly a microbrewery. It also acknowledges its place in local history, with the brewery’s name a reference to the pub that was based on the neighbouring house during the…

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